Off topic: That eggcorn moment...
Thread poster: Tom in London

Tom in London
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Sep 16, 2014

If you’ve been scolded by friends for saying ‘when all is set and done’, you’re not alone – linguists even have a word for it:


http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/16/that-eggcorn-moment?commentpage=1

[Edited at 2014-09-16 15:30 GMT]


 

NancyLynn
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Chickens come home to roast Sep 16, 2014

Much more appetizing image!


...they missed "seeming as" (seeing as)

Great find, thanks for sharing Tom!


 

Elizabeth Joy Pitt de Morales  Identity Verified
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Tee-hee! Sep 16, 2014

That's a good laugh! Thanks!

 

philgoddard
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I love Sep 16, 2014

"Sarah Palin and her elk".

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
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acorns? Sep 17, 2014

Sitting here wondering whether, in view of the eggcorn, I have been pronouncing acorn correctly all this time...

 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Spit and image Sep 17, 2014

"Spit and image" is not an eggcorn moment, it is the original form of the expression, it is "spitting image" which was the eggcorn moment, though it has now become more common than the original form.
http://grammarist.com/usage/spitting-image/


 

Tom in London
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A few good new ones were added this morning Sep 17, 2014

Such as

“Suppository of all knowledge”. Courtesy Tony Abbot Prime Minister Australia-

But how about this for a real horror:

https://twitter.com/jenlong/status/510862692694130688/photo/1

[Edited at 2014-09-17 09:00 GMT]


 


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